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  1. GNRi1959

    Derry Road Runabout

    This is a new layout that I have started from scratch in my beloved garden shed. It is based on the steam era on the Derry Road and although it has nothing at all that resembles Omagh, it is hoped that it will give have a flavour of GNRi operations there. All track is laid and wired and thanks to two forum members, who were very generous with their spare time, advised me on the design and wiring of the layout - you know who you are! Tomorrow I will fit my turntable well and hopefully start fitting and wiring the point motors. I am pleased with how things are progressing and I promise I will post pictures soon.
  2. GNRi1959

    Derry Road Runabout

    I have formed the opening flap for the shed now and am using 4 x 25mm brass screws to solder my rails to make the break. I've tinned the underside of the rails that will cross the screw heads and I have liquid flux at the ready too. Is it best to solder the outside of the rails only or can I solder inside also?
  3. GNRi1959

    GNRi G Class 2-4-0

    Although I have a photograph of a GNRi G Class taken at Omagh c. 1910, I know little about them as they didn't seem to feature in many other photographs. The photograph was taken by local man Norman Holland and a small collection of his pre-1st WW pictures came up for auction many years and my good friend Norman Johnston managed to get copies of the purchaser. He in turn let me produce negatives of the same prints - back in the day before scanners!
  4. GNRi1959

    Class 141 1E 171 Murphy models

    A neighbour had a photograph of a Class 141 IE 171 on a train taking pilgrims to Lough Derg. The photo showed the loco arriving in Omagh back in 1963. Tonight I managed to buy one of these boxed/new locos on eBay for £85. It will be nice to add it to my Derry Road layout which has been goods only up to now. So I guess thats my spending for this month done and maybe staying away from Enniskillen tomorrow will do no harm!
  5. GNRi1959

    Dundalk, Newry & Greenore Railway

    Leslie, the coaches are of no interest to me but I have some nice pictures of GN PP Class No.42 at Omagh on an IRRS Special. Is this a scratch build or kit built model of yours? Looks fantastic.
  6. GNRi1959

    Derry Road Runabout

    Of course they will...... I just hope that nobody notices the extra white stripe!
  7. GNRi1959

    Derry Road Runabout

    Noel, I appreciate your response and indeed everybody who has ever come to the rescue in my efforts. With every post comes a price, with every response comes a heavier price. If it comes anywhere close I'll settle for second best and if second best still provides some fun along the way, then, so be it.
  8. GNRi1959

    Derry Road Runabout

    Looking forward to receiving both Murphy Models MM1508 Irish buffet coach/snack car and Murphy Models MM1521 Irish open coach. I intend using them with my Class 141 diesel. What other coaches should I be looking out for to replicate a Lough Derg train from Dublin c. 1963-64.
  9. GNRi1959

    Waterslide Transfers Lifting

    Whats happening to my freshly applied Railtec transfers. I've just applied them to the sides of a 9 ton Van and as it dries the edges of the lettering is shrinking and lifting. How long after fixing transfers should I seal them? Edit: Found this excellent video!
  10. GNRi1959

    Waterslide Transfers Lifting

    Rich, thanks for your response - I'll try that.
  11. GNRi1959

    Waterslide Transfers Lifting

    I bought myself some Microset and started work on a Dapol open wagon that was going to satisfy me as a quick conversion. I applied the waterslide transfers as per instruction onto the Microset treated planking and as you can see from the photo, the lettering started curling as it dried. I think they may be out of date as I bought them almost 2 years ago . What do you think?
  12. GNRi1959

    Railwayana

    I saw a lot of this sort of stuff at a car boot sale in Castlebar, Sunday morning past.
  13. GNRi1959

    Whitehead Museum

    Really nice of you to post these pictures of Whitehead considering that only a few weeks ago I took the train out of Belfast to Whitehead for a visit, only to find it closed. My own fault, I didn't read the opening hours on their website. So this is very welcome, I will go back again.
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    Lough Derg Pilgrims Special

    My interest in this special started when I recalled a photograph a neighbour gave me many years ago, unfortunately I have since mislaid it. Taken on an old 'box camera' the photograph showed a CIE Class B141 arriving at Omagh General Station c.1963-64. After the closure of the Enniskillen line in 1957, pilgrims left the train and were taken by bus to Lough Derg. I was lucky enough to purchase a Murphy Models CIE Class B141 this week which has added much interest to my layout 'Derry Road Runabout'. I have also since been able to get some interesting information about the service. In the CIE Working Timetable they were designated 'OMA DE' and they dominated the Lough Derg workings in 1963 and 1964. The train comprised a Luggage Van, a couple of standards, a Combo, former Great Northern Diner C402N and a brake/standard. Knowing little or nothing about coaching stock I would like to know if any of the above are available RTR? Incidentally, the photograph below is B153 at Pomeroy 14th Aug 1964 - photo by Sam Williamson.
  15. GNRi1959

    Lough Derg Pilgrims Special

    Are standard CIE laminates available RTR ?
  16. GNRi1959

    Derry Road Runabout

    Noel, up until recently I had little or no interest in diesel driven locomotives - this just adds so much more interest!
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    Derry Road Runabout

    With GNR(i) U Class 4-4-0 and UG Class 0-6-0 both withdrawn due to running problems the CIE Class 141 takes over to shift goods on the 'Derry Road'
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    Derry Road Runabout

    Today I placed a weight on the tender and this greatly improved the running. I think to solve the problem I will have to probably open the tender an conceal the weight inside and consider the options that David has mentioned above - adding more pickups.
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    Derry Road Runabout

    Thanks everyone who has pointed me to various technical details, its appreciated.
  20. GNRi1959

    Derry Road Runabout

    Testing continues on the Derry Road with the arrival of a CIE B141 class loco on the layout. It ran like a dream straight out of the box but I'm really disappointed by the performance of the GNRi locos. I need to go back to the thread where Kirley tested them and had to add weights to correct the problem. Anyone else have the same problem with balance and contact?
  21. GNRi1959

    Waterslide Transfers Lifting

    Thanks Robert, I think my problem is that I was trying to seal them soon after!
  22. GNRi1959

    Class 141 1E 171 Murphy models

    Since one very kind member offered me the sale of a Black'n'Tan number 141 I have started reading, with interest, of the use of this loco on the Derry Road. From the book 'The Derry Road' by Des Fitzgerald it shows No. 159 at Carrickmore heading for Omagh dated 13th July 1964 stating it was the last year of operation of this service. Therefore No. 165 would most certainly not have been in Omagh. My good friend, the late Norman Johnston, who captioned the book notes that the locos were first introduced 13th Dec 1962 so it is more likely that No. 141 came this way.
  23. GNRi1959

    Painting Code 75 Rail

    What is the most effective and preferred method to paint rails to achieve a rust finish - hand painting or marker?
  24. GNRi1959

    Painting Code 75 Rail

    Thanks Noel, looks god. What ballast type did you use?
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    Painting Code 75 Rail

    Noel, thanks for this. From memory your photos were quite impressive. Any advice on the purchase of a spray gun?
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